8 items from 2014
Increasingly, studios want you to stream or buy your own digital copy of feature films and to entice you, that edition is being made weeks prior to the physical disc being available for purchase. In an effort to direct viewer buying and viewing habits, studios are also shifting review copies from disc to high definition download. My first encounter with this brave new world, ironically enough, comes with 20th Century Home Entertainment’s current release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sprawling, epic film from May. The biggest drawback is making certain you have enough hard disc storage for the mammoth file and a set-up that allows you to watch on a huge screen. Lacking that, I watched the film on my 24” external monitor and while the image was crisp and the audio clear enough (although maybe I need to upgrade my speakers); it needs a bigger screen to properly appreciate. »
- Robert Greenberger
X-Men fans have certainly had a lengthy wait to see the Sentinels realised on the big screen. Teased by Brett Ratner back in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand, the mutant-killing machines finally made the jump from the panel this month with the arrival of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now VFX company Framestore has released some concept art, featuring both the Past and Future versions of the Sentinels….
X-Men: Days of Future Past is out now and sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by franchise »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Wolverine, the number one cause of death for guys named "Sabretooth," returned to the big screen this past weekend with Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," greeted by fans with an estimated $111 million opening. Hugh Jackman's seventh appearance as Marvel's adamantium-laced Canadian is as good a time as any to look back on the always popular X-Man's coolest and most action-packed movie moments -- an ass-kicking legacy that dates back to 2000. From "X-Men" to "The Wolverine," Cbr has cherry-picked the essentials from Weapon X's career on the big-screen. Movie: "X-Men" (2000) The Scene: Duking it out with Sabretooth atop the Statue of Liberty While "wire-fu" was relatively in its infancy during the production of the first live-action "X-Men" movie, director Bryan Singer found a way to work around the limitations and arguably deliver the film's best set piece. Logan does all the things fans want him to do in »
- Philip Pirrello, Comic Book Resources
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ review: Bryan Singer has a surefire hit with latest ‘X-Men’ sequel (photo: Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) With yet another spring and summer movie season overstuffed with superhero extravaganzas, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series, which debuted in 2000 and spans more than half a dozen films, now feels like the granddaddy of the genre. It certainly felt ready for retirement at the conclusion of Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), a sequel so over-amped and underfed that it mothballed the series, allowing 2008’s first Iron Man movie to usher in the era of Marvel-produced spandex spectaculars. Nowadays though, franchises don’t die, they’re rebooted with a 9-figure budget and an eye towards an exploding Chinese moviegoing market that was hardly a consideration during the high times of DVD. That’s why Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (2011) was such a pleasant surprise. »
- Mark Keizer
With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening this week, it’s time to look back at the films that kicked off the first big superhero franchise. There are countless top ten lists that could be made from the myriad of X-Men images, characters, and set pieces that have come to define the superhero genre and reshape what we know about a comic book that has endured for decades. This list tries best to objectively quantify ten great scenes from five of the six theatrically released films, ordering them in terms of iconography and emotionality, but also according to the fundamentals of what makes a film scene work and why this behemoth franchise is so enduring. Spoilers herein.
10. X-Men: First Class (2011)
“Count to three.”
- Shane Ramirez
The X-Men movies are important. They make a lot of money and they helped create Superhero-Era Hollywood and they incepted a certain kind of lucrative career arc in the heads of a generation of young actors. (Do the franchise, take the money, spend a year on greenscreens and the press circuit pretending you understand anything that’s happening, try for the Oscar, repeat.)
And the X-Men movies are important to me. I grew up loving superhero comic books and I grew up loving movies. These two fascinations were not mutually exclusive; but now, more and more, they feel diametrically opposed. »
- Darren Franich
No skyscrapers blow up, no cities are leveled, and while the White House and a football stadium suffer some serious structural damage, the wholesale destruction of human civilization is kept to a refreshing minimum in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — just one of several respects in which this strikingly ambitious yet intimately scaled entertainment distinguishes itself from so much of its comicbook-movie kind. Back at the helm of the Fox/Marvel franchise he successfully launched 14 years ago, director Bryan Singer stages a stealth reboot by introducing a playful time-travel element to the ongoing saga, bringing two generations of mutantkind together in a story that toggles cleverly (if not always 100% coherently) between the political tumult of 1973 and a not-so-distant dystopian future. Singer’s scandalous recent headlines are unlikely to impact the commercial fortunes of this keenly anticipated tentpole attraction, whose B.O. haul stands to rival and perhaps exceed that of »
- Justin Chang
Feature Rob Leane 6 Mar 2014 - 06:45
Rob takes a look back at Brett Ratner's X-Men 3, to see if it's better than it's generally given credit for...
Any regular visitors to the growing universes of superhero films will know that X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the least-loved instalments since the genre came back with a bang in 2000.
It is seen by many as a hugely disappointing end to what could have been a near-perfect movie trilogy after all the expert world-building by Bryan Singer in the first two instalments.
Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus on the film is that new director Brett Ratner had ‘replaced the heart and emotion (and character development) of the previous X-Men films with more action and explosions’, averaging the scores of its ‘Top Critics’ at a measly 41%.
However, it cannot be said that it was in any way ‘the last stand’ for mutancy at the movies. »
8 items from 2014
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